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The 1994-95 school year was the first year of the MECA (Manufacturing, Engineering, Construction, Automotive) partnership implementation in the Saginaw (Michigan) Public Schools. MECA's purpose was to nurture the potential of youth while placing them in workplace environments that had not been a traditional part of applied learning in secondary and postsecondary contexts. The student participants (110 juniors and seniors) were asked to complete a 19-item survey instrument. It focused on five areas: enrollment/participation in MECA decision; course work to job experience match; changes (attendance, job seeking tools/skills, marketable skills, atmosphere at school/work site, and social life) brought about in part by MECA; additional things the Career Opportunities Center (COC), home school, and/or work experience could do to help students become more ready for their field of work; and general comments to improve or focus the school-to-work program's efforts. Findings indicated the following: almost all MECA students (77 of 83 who completed the survey) had no difficulty in enrolling in the program; multiple people influenced them to enroll; 51 felt the coursework offered at COC matched the job experiences; almost half believed their attendance at home school and work site increased; over three-fourths believed that they would have a better chance of finding a job and that they had gained additional marketable skills; and almost none saw interference due to MECA in their free time or social life. (The survey instrument and responses are appended.) (YLB)

Descriptors: Auto Mechanics, Construction (Process), Cooperative Programs, Education Work Relationship, Educational Benefits, Engineering, Enrollment Influences, Experiential Learning, Manufacturing, Postsecondary Education, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, State Programs, Student Attitudes, Student Experience, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs











Author: Saginaw Public Schools, MI. Dept. of Evaluation Services.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=10343&id=ED389943







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